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For most of the projects, just a few hand tools are needed. A couple screwdrivers can be used to put the wire on the back of the frame and they also come in handy if something gets stuck in the frame.

Another tool to have in your satchel is a razor knife. This simple, little tool has many uses in the framing process. Since most of the parts that go into making the frame get cut to size, a knife comes in useful when making small adjustments or trimming an edge of the mat that might be just a small amount too big for the frame.

One of the most important items in the process is something that never gets seen. The glass cleaner helps to keep that unique framing project shining. But a bad choice in cleaner could have detrimental effects on the frame. The glass part of the frame is impervious to chemical harm, however, the frame part could be effected by a glass cleaner that's not designed to clean a varnished or laminated wood surface. It's best to purchase some non-invasive cleaner from an art store or frame shop. Generally, the frame is the most expensive part of the frame but usually the most vulnerable to scratches, dings or bad glass cleaner.

Lastly, the back part of the frame is where most of the hardware is going to be. Make sure you have some wall hangers on hand, that way you're ready to hang the frame when you complete it. These can be picked up at most hardware stores or you can pick them up when you're at a frame store getting the rest of the supplies. Another item you might need is some double sided tape. This will work for adhering the paper to the back of the frame. Hardware for securing the wire to the back of the frame is also something that's needed to finish the frame. Depending on whether the frame is wood or metal, the hangers are going to be somewhat different.